Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Imploding PUD

The Georgetown Public Utility District appears to be slowly imploding. It seems to have one management person left and the board seems to be ignoring even that person. Where have all the managers gone? The board’s Gang of Three has driven them all to retire or seek other career opportunities.

So, who is running the district? The board majority is. It writes its own agenda and minutes, but can’t keep up the details of giving full and proper advance notice about its meetings.

What does the public utility district do? It provides water service and oversees community septic systems in Auburn Lake Trails.

But you wouldn’t know it from its actions over the last several months. The board has held endless meetings about process and policy, but nothing about water service, endlessly reinventing the Public Records Act, yet it can’t even get the Open Meeting Law right. The district board has done nothing about a water plant improvement the state is requiring the district to do and which has already been prepared for bidding.

It should be renamed the Georgetown Divide Publicly Useless District. It’s like the Edwin Starr song, “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” And yet they keep fighting a policy war that’s good for absolutely nothing.

Mountain Democrat

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  • Ben ThereMay 01, 2013 - 7:09 am

    This is what happens when Board Members are having a vendetta complex. Three who think they can steam roll over the Two with what they want regardless if it is a good idea or not. And there are the Two, who will publicly bite at the heels of the other Three, even though they have been guilty of lollygagging at meetings in the past too. To put it simply, they are all acting childish, digging in their heels even more so into their personal ideals. If they continue in this trend, the Federal Government will be stepping in soon and remove the whole lot. All FIVE need to suck it up and start thinking about the public as a whole, not just what they personally want.

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  • ML JonesMay 01, 2013 - 8:30 am

    This is a work of fiction by the fictional writer for the mountain democrat.

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  • Pat SnellingMay 01, 2013 - 11:10 am

    The problem with this Editorial is that the writer doesn't know the history, and their reporter Dawn hasn't bothered to report on these problems......... What would you think if you owned a piece of property, paid for a meter to provide water to that property -- and then the "Meter is GONE"?....... You go to the office and ask: What happened?.... Shrugged shoulders..... You go to the General Manager.... Shrugged shoulders.... You go to the Board (Before the ladies had a majority) and the Board says -- We Don't have a PROCEDURE and a POLICY to find out what happened??? (No written records)...... Now Dear Editor, you want to continue with that policy? Or would you EXPECT A CHANGE?..... That's why the people voted for Maria.

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  • fed upMay 02, 2013 - 8:28 am

    If you want to see the truth about what is going on come to a meeting. They have to have 2 meetings a month just to fix the screw-ups of the manager. Also see that the good-ol-boy club is still alive in GT. The 2 men on the board clearly are in la la land!!!

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